by Texas Homesteader ~
I make sun tea any time it’s sunshiny and even close to being warm – Summer – Fall – Winter or Spring! I have a large hourglass-shaped glass picante jar that I fill with water & drop in a tea bag. Then I place it on our picnic table in the back yard and the sun does the rest!
By suppertime (or much earlier in the heat of summertime) our tea is deliciously brewed by the sun. I just bring it inside, mix it with a jar full of water and voila! Tea brewed with no purchased energy. Can’t get better than that, right?
I made a cute sugar jar for sweetening our tea using a repurposed canning jar and an empty box of salt!
C’mon, we live in the south – HOME of sweetened tea! Of course RancherMan likes to sweeten his tea, while I prefer mine unsweetened. Since we don’t both sweeten our tea I leave the brewed tea in the pitcher unsweetened and RancherMan sweetens his tea by the glass.
But each time he wanted to sweeten his tea he had to pull out the bulky sugar canister from the cabinets and scoop a little sugar into his glass. I knew there was a better way.
But you know my battle cry: Use Whatcha Got!
I found this old vintage Knox jar on our property several years ago. Because I’m not sure it could stand up to canning after all those years of being buried, I’ve labeled it to be a container only. I just love the old vintage look of it, this will look great as my canning-jar-themed sugar jar.
Hummm… This could be really, REALLY easy! First I cut the top cardboard section from an empty canister of salt. Then I used a canning jar ring to mark the area I needed. Finally I cut the cardboard to a size that fit snugly inside the ring.
Then I inserted the cardboard cut-out containing that metal spout into my canning jar ring and screwed it back onto my pint canning jar of sugar. Done & done.
Plus, since it’s a regular-sized ring it fits all regular canning jar mouth sizes whether 1/2 pint, pint or even quart!
Now we have a smaller easy-pour sugar container. Plus the canning jar is perfectly themed with my kitchen. And since this jar is only pint-sized it’s easy to lift & pour, unlike the bulky sugar canister RancherMan was using. And, you know, the most beautiful part is that it only took just MINUTES to complete!
RancherMan’s very pleased with this repurpose and it cost nothing. Use Whatcha Got!
Other Kitchen Homestead Hacks
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Easy Reminder For Kitchen Stove
- Make Your Slow Cooker More Efficient
- No Cooking Fat Down The Drain
- Labeling A Glass Jar
- Cleaning A Narrow-Neck Jar
- Keep That Broccoli Fresh
- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- Heat-Free Way to Peel Tomatoes
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Quick Baking Measurement Reminder System
- Easily Separating Cream From Milk
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Easier Deviled Eggs – No Mess!
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP
- Tame Kitchen Appliance Cords
- Save Your Fingernails When Cleaning
- Expand Your Muffin Tin Capacity With Canning-Jar Rings
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Quick Coffee Stain Cleaning
- Repurposing Mesh Bags For Scrubbers
- Cute Windowsill Container For Herb Cuttings
- Less Mess When Measuring Honey
- How To Tell If Your Baking Powder Is Still Good
- …and many MORE!
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